Well if this isn’t gonna make the Phillies/Red Sox series in May any more interesting then I don’t know what will:
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Jonathan Papelbon said in an interview with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team. “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.”
Yup, Papelbon pretty much said that Phillies fans are smarter than Red Sox fans.
First Paps ditches the Dropkick Murpheys closer song “Shipping Up to Boston” for obvious reasons (and that song isn’t even one of DkM’s good songs). Now he disses the Boston fanbase.
He did go ahead and praise the Boston fans’ passion for the sport, which is undoubtedly true.
“It’s a religion. It’s a way of life,” Papelbon said. They come to the field and they expect certain things out of players. It’s an environment where you put up or shut up. I enjoyed that. It got my motor running every day.”
Boston fans also travel in packs and have been known to invade Citizens Bank Park quite well the past half decade. So it will be interesting to see the visiting Boston fans lining the bull pens as well as their reaction when Papelbon takes the mound in Philadelphia.
Boston fans surely won’t be happy to read this. But they should be content. They got a pair of championships, a new good closer in Andrew Bailey and the best drinking town in America.